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Self Interview Draft Pierre/Pierre

31 July 2015

alchemic self interview

 

(excerpts July 31st 2015)

-good morning

-good morning

-this morning you wrote :

“On the black and icy waters of the Styx, in the infernal meanders of his arms, Charon’s boat progresses about the kingdom of Hades. Aboard the vessel, you, me and a bunch of thinkers and activists, necessarily part of this globalised miserable journey. Of the nature of the swamps, of the depths of the mud in which we sink, of the once renowned magical properties of the river, we have lost track and memory. Sondes throwers more than prophets, advancing in the midst of experiments, we clumsily try to offer a tentative guidance…”

very nice introduction text, very promising…

you seem to work well in the morning, are you a “morning person”?

-yes, I always understand better, even difficult texts if I read them, study them, in the early morning.

I wake up, drink a coffee or two and immediately open a book and read and… understand it most of the time. And it’s the same concerning writing… words come more clearly… sentences, ideas, articulations… yes I am definitivly a morning person…

-why do you think it is like this?

-I am less afraid and stuck by the blank page in the morning because I feel like a blank page myself.

-like a virgin…

-yes like a virgin… touched for the very first time… you made me feel shiny and new

It’s a precious feeling and the very appropriate moment for me to work before the world imprints itself on me.

-”imprinted”, what do you mean?

-I am very quickly and deeply affected by things, things that appear in front of me, things that happen, objects, events, news, conversations, all problematics that the people I work with are busy with… all sort of things that want to enter into dialogue with me, populate me, occupy me and affect me so much…

-why?

-because they cry to be taken seriously, they insist for being articulated… sometimes they hate each other and ask me to become the referee, sometimes I have to get them around a negotiation table and perform the role of a diplomat, they… it’s like I catch any kind of information and try to make sense with everything…

I am everyday in a titanic effort to articulate all kind of singular heterogeneities…

-you speak about things like you would speak about persons…

-yes, the all-kind-of-things are part of a fabric, a stuff that is in the making all along my day. This stuff is kind of alive, like a coral colony formed by organisms forming a hyper organism.

-do the things talk to you? do you hear voices?

-oh yeh… a lot of voices… they occupy me… I feel occupied by several entities

-do you consider yourself as schizophrenic?

-oh yeh… very much… sometimes I don’t feel possessed anymore, I AM possessed

-is it a good thing?

-oh yeh… I do believe that’s one of the best way to make sense!

-you often use the that expression “make sense” or “making sense”, why and what do you really mean by that?

… … … … … … …

what do you want to begin with, then?

polishing lenses?

objects as machines to be mapped out, deconstructed and rebuilt?

objects as machines whose gravitational organisations should be read and then changed to free movement?

objects as machines to be assembled differently to create new ecologies?

are you a machine?

why our magic should spellbind people?

critical dark moments?

which concrete outcomes after these “magic” months?

was it all about magic?

how to queer but avoiding ‘system building’, ‘moral injunctions’ and ‘political correctness’?

is magic putting an end to any discussion or criticism?

what do you mean by beautiful?

what do you mean by magic?

what do you mean by affect?

what do you mean by desire,

what do you mean by care?

what do you mean by being changed?

what do you mean by risks taken?

what do you mean by magic powers?

what do you mean by powers of magic?

what do you really want?

do you do what you want?

do you want what you do?

you seem quite focussed on the Bermuda triangle Spinoza,Deleuze,Guattari, why them again? why them now? 

putting into practice the concepts of “Sadness decomposing relations” and “Joy composing more relations”?

is it really necessary to feel this fear to learn how to defeat capitalism and its obscene trade with death?

evil spell? curse? aren’t you performing the anti-capitalist drama queen?

remove the fingers out of our nose to smell the real shit?

do you think that, like at the end of the sixties, we have to “set fire on reality itself”? is it still possible?, imaginable?

what do they mean by “reconnecting desire and reality”?

considering seriously our works as medicines?

what do you mean by “the only thing to do is to construct apparatuses that will stimulate self-healing”?

why is it necessary to affirm again that ‘another world is possible’?

what do you mean by “new affects” and “new joys”?

doing whatever but methodically?

why do we need to produce new joys?

producing new lives, really?

today, it seems not possible anymore NOT to see the coexistence of a plurality of worlds, how to practically deal with that idea?




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2015 BLOCK II

1 May-31 July 2015

2015 POST-GRADUATE PROGRAM AND RESEARCH PROJECTS SUMMARY
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Self-Interview & Peer-to-Peer mentoring

1 May-31 July 2015

self interview
SELF / Throughout the block we develop a self-interviewing practice. PEER / On top of the dedicated mentoring and the self-interview practice you will also mentor - and be mentored by -a peer researcher.
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Nicolas Galeazzi BRICOLAGE

4-8 May 2015 / a.pass

a tool for opening the block

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Diving into this concept, described in Claude Levi-Strauss' 'The Savage Mind', we develop a practice to present, discuss and discover the momentary objectives of our researches. With the help of found and constructed objects, objects of personal importance and desire, daily objects and precious ones, or objects of thought and discourse, we will try to define the actual quality of each one's research model and methodology.
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a.pass research centre The House of Spirits

10 May-24 July 2015

The House of Spirits is a common space for the (re)collection, digestion and transformation of the traces of the individual researches and workshops. The House opens up a space for the shamans/conservators of the Research Centre, as well as some of the participants. Every week another shaman practices in the House of Spirits, working with the case objects of the participants or with left-overs of the workshop, developing a shared ritual for the a.pass group. The strategies of the shaman include reordering, cataloguing, magical transformations, ritual alchemy, displacement and fictionalisation.

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Reading Circle

11 May-29 August 2015 / a.pass

Cover Illustration by Tammy Lu

As a red thread throughout the block the participants engage in a weekly communal reading practice of the book ‘Realist Magic – Object, Ontology, Causality’ by Timothy Morton.

Reading and discussing in-depth this one central text allows for the development of a common ground of reference and connection that functions as a backdrop to the workshops and practices that shape the block. The Reading Circle happens on Monday evenings from 6pm to 10pm.


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Mavi

12 May 2015

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Ricardo

12 May 2015

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Nicolas

12 May 2015

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Elke

12 May 2015

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Vanja

12 May 2015

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Yari

12 May 2015

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Kleoni

12 May 2015

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Veronica

12 May 2015

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Pierre / Super power

12 May 2015

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Thiago / Fool dice totem

12-12 May 2015

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Isabel

12 May 2015

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reading session

Culture: The Universal Animal – Eduardo Viveiros de Castro

13 May 2015

Contribution for the discussion about totemism, animism, and naturalism. Lecture by Viveiros de Castro. "Animism could be defined as an ontology which postulates the social character of relations between humans and non-humans: the space between nature and society is itself social. Naturalism is founded on the inverted axiom: relations between society and nature are themselves natural. Indeed, if in the animic mode the distinction "nature/culture" is internal to the social world, humans and animals being immersed in the same socio-cosmic medium (and in this sense, "nature" is a part of an encompassing sociality), then in naturalist ontology, the distinction "nature/culture" is internal to nature (and in this sense, human society is one natural phenomenon amongst others). Animism has "society" as the unmarked pole, naturalism has "nature": these poles function, respectively and contrastingly, as the universal dimension of each mode. Thus animism and naturalism are hierarchical and metonymical structures."
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Pierre Rubio / Geert Opsomer / Pierre Joachim ECOLOGY OF AFFECTS

25-29 May 2015

Studio 54, Halloween 1978, Hasse Persson
Every block, a.pass organizes ‘b-workshops’ that focus on the basic principles of a.pass as a collaborative artistic research environment. This b-workshop ‘Ecology of Affects’ wants to address critically the production of subjectivity. 'A revolution is as much a reorientation of our affective relations as it is of social relations and cannot be one without the other.' Jason Read, ‘Economies of Affect / Affective Economies’, 2013
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Sara Manente / Marcos Simoes THIS PLACE

1-5 June 2015 / a.pass

The workshop unfold a series of extra sensorial practices as tools for collaboration in groups, couples or with objects. The dispositives used, for example the telepathic approach, offer the possibility to create a third existence which is “a self”, “an entity” other than us, with own quality and ability to perform. Like an “experimental magic”: there will be magic without magicians. Can we create the magic by creating the situation for the magic to happen? We create the rules therefore we create the magic. Is it possible to empower an object, a person, a situation through speculation? With the stubbornness of “the idiot”, we will practice and question again and again opening up the creative process to the immaterial and the immaterial.
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Abu Ali * Toni Serra THE UNSEEN WORKSHOP

8-12 June 2015

Filmstill, Exodus OVNI 2008
For this workshop Abu Ali offers a selection of footage from the video archive O.V.N.I (observatori de video no idenitficat) based in Barcelona, which deals with the ‘Unseen’. Based on these projections Abu Ali will experiment with us on practices of not seeing. Challenging the relation between the gaze and action, vision and perception, the imaginary and the experienced, we will cruise through a network of text, video, and physical practices that open the vision for the unseen and the un-seeing.
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Oscar Parada TOWARDS A COLLECTIVE RITUAL

22-26 June 2015 / a.pass

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The objective of re-knowing and re-producing the sacred in connection with a performative ritual space is to operate a transformation and that is what we can call medicine. Medicine is everything that transforms us. The workshop proposes techniques and practices to open the body not only as an artistic tool but also as a medicinal tool. We will question and challenge the limits of what ‘self’, ‘presence’ and ‘relation’ mean. Hence, the workshop will also a research into creating individual and collective rituals in different ways.
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Peter Stamer / Luanda Casella SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION

29 June-3 July 2015

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In 1969, the American psychologist Stanley Milgram designed a study to explore if two randomly selected individuals, strangers to each other coming from different American states, are nevertheless connected by acquaintances in between. Starting the test in Kansas/Nebraska, linking people to one individual in Massachusetts, the experiment suggested that an individual knows of any target person only by six degrees of connecting steps: Mr X from Kansas knows someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows Mrs Z, living in Massachusetts.

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Magic Night / Crystal Seeds

15-15 July 2015

kleoni
5 crystals where used as seeds, to hold our intentions, our prayers to berry around the world in an effort to influence those events that seam to be so big, and beyond our personal capacities.
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MAGIC NIGHT

24 July 2015

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This is the time to come together. To celebrate what we worked on. To transform our preconceptions of rituals, of magic, of transformation itself. A pilgrimage of the self into the common and back again.
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Self Interview Draft Kleoni Black / Kleoni Pink and Green

31 July 2015

On the other hand I remember when I was living in New York, I had a friend that was making fun of my vegetarianism, he was asking how living in a city like New York could be an ethical choice.  Just the existence and sustenance of this city means the death to other life forms. It is complicated but urgent. A very difficult task
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Self Interview draft Thiago written / Thiago transcribed

31 July 2015

Thiago’s Self-interview I write in Italic. I make the questions. Sometimes I explain things for you, the one who reads. I am a bit smarter than the others, but I don’t have a color. I am… I am a recorded voice transcripted. I am another voice, written.
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UNTOUCHABLE/UNACCEPTABLE/INTANGIBLE

CURATED BY ELKE VAN CAMPENHOUT & NICOLAS GALEAZZI & PIERRE RUBIO

1 August 2015

about the imaginative aesthetics of change

In defence of the power of aesthetics this block tries to pry open the difficult paradox between criticality and imagination, between the power of the subject and the passive resistance of the object, between political critique and artistic re-imagineering strategies. Animating objects to animate our agencies. Fictionalising the real as a critique to produce alternatives to ideology. Speculating on the impossible to construct a possible. Considering imagination not as escapism but as an operative vehicle for change. The unacceptable reveals the limitations of the acceptable. The untouchable foreshadows the adventurous discovery of difference. The intangible offers a speculative sense towards the radically other.
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Bureau d'Espoir SELF-INTERVIEW Elke – Elle

1 September-31 December 2015 / Abbeye de Forest

MNSTRY
Elke (a.pass researcher): Elle, with the new project ‘Mobile MNSTRY’ you again tackle some of the issues you have been dealing with in your extended project Bureau d’Espoir already for some years: the recuperation and embrace of practices and terms that have been categorized, marginalized and recuperated by capital strategies. For example: you worked on the mobilization of the concept of ‘anorexia’ in the Hunger and Anorexic practices as tools for rethinking our relation to the consumption of food, and our own place in the ‘food chain’ of capitalism. You worked in ‘Battery’ on the embrace of circumstances that are considered detrimental to the ‘healthy’ development of the individual: 21 days of imprisonment, hunger and lack of private space as a spiritual-aesthetic machine for the production of hope and change. Now you propose the Mobile Monastery: a practice that is based on rethinking the monastic rule, the disciplining and deep experience of the everyday, introducing ‘poverty’ and social service (karma yoga) into the practice. Your proposals all seem to verge on the extreme, uncomfortable, and frankly, possibly moralistic. How do you plan to make this collective practice seem inviting to collaborators.
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Audrey

29 April 2021

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